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Special Cover on Bethany St. John's English Higher Secondary School, Kunnamkulam - 24th July 2015.
Kunnamkulam Philatelic Club and Trichur Philatelic club jointly organised Kunnamkulampex 2015, philatelic, coins and antiques Exhibition at Bethany St John’s English Higher Secondary School, Kunnamkulam, Thrissur Dist. in connection with the golden jubilee celebrations of Bethany St. Johns EHS School, Kunnakulam from 22nd to 24th July 2015.
Bethany St. John's English School was started in June 1966 by the Bethany Ashram Corporate Educational Agency. Bethany Ashram is a Religious Community of the Orthodox Church. This Institution is an English Medium School aims at the full development of the pupil's moral, intellectual, social and physical capacities. The school is situated on a beautiful hill (Bethany Hill) in an extensive plot of about 10 acres in the Kunnamkulam town on Trichur-Kunnamkulam Road. This school has upgraded to the status of Higher Secondary School in 2002.
A special cover was released to mark golden jubilee of St. John's English Higher Secondary School, Kunnamkulam by Shri K. P. Sureshkumar, Supdt. of Posts, Thrissur Division and Fr. Pathrose, Principal of school on 24th July 2015.
Cover Courtesy: Sreejesh Krishnan, Thiruvananthapuram
Picture postcards tracing the path of Godavari with the cancellations released at Hyderabad – 24th July 2015.
To commemorate the “Godavari Pushkarams” observed from 14th to 25th July, 2015, Andhra Pradesh Postal Circle released a set of 16 post cards tracing the path of Godavari along with the cancellations of the post offices serving the place and destination points near Bay of Bengal with unique numbers. Shri B. V. Sudhakar, Chief Postmaster General, A. P. Circle released these pictorial post cards on 24th July 2015 at Hyderabad.
Each picture postcard illustrates an important place in the States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, along which the River Godavari flows and bears special cancellation impression of office of posting and also the delivery stamp of different offices, where the River Godavari merges into the Bay of Bengal.
River Godavari having its origin at Triambakeshwar in Nasik, Maharashtra enters in Telangana State at Kandakurthi village touches some important places in Telangana viz. Basara, Dharmapuri, Kaleshwaram and Bhadrachalam, and then flows into Andhra Pradesh State towards places viz. Pattiseema, Kovvur, Kotilingalarevu, Dowlaiswaram, Ravulapalem, Kotipalli, Yanam, Appanapalli, Odalarevu, Narsapur and Atarvedi. The River Godavari splits into two major tributaries at Dowleswaram as Vriddha Gautami and Vasishta Godavari, with Vasishta Godavari again splitting into Vasishta and Vainateya; and Vriddha Gautami splitting into Gautami and Nilarevu flowing for a total of 1465 kms.
Set of 16 pictorial postcards is priced at Rs.1000/- per set and beautifully packed with special embroidery work at its right top corner showing river routing from its origin till its mouth point. These post cards are released in limited number i.e., 500 sets and made available for sale at five Philately Bureaux in Telangana and AP State. Interested philatelists may contact following philatelic bureaux to place their orders:
Hyderabad GPO – 500001, Tel No. 040 23463515 /23463517
Vijayawada HO – 520001, Tel No.0866 2425649 / 2425645
Visakhapatnam HO – 530001, Tel Nos.0891 2546250 / 2546251
Kurnool HO – 518001, Tel Nos.08518 289207 / 289205
Tirupati HO – 517 501, Tel Nos.0877 2289204 / 2289211
Special Cover on Godavari Pushkaralu released at Narasapuram – 21st July 2015.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Shri Chandra Babu Naidu released a special cover on Godavari Pushkaralu at Narsapuram, West Godavari on 21st July 2015 in presence of Deputy Chief Minister Shri N. Chinarajappa, Endowment Minister Shri Manikyala Rao and West Godavari District Collector K Bhaskar.
Special cover on flagging off the first batch of pilgrims to Kailash Mansarovar via Nathu La Pass on the Sikkim-Tibet border - 18th June 2015.
Kailash Mansarovar is believed to be the seat of Hindu god Shiva and Kailash Mansarovar yatra is known for its religious value, cultural significance, physical beauty and thrilling nature. The yatra is organized by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs every year between June and September. Existing route for Kailash Mansarovar yatra is Lipulekh Pass in Uttarakhand. India and China signed on 18th September 2014 a bilateral agreement on the alternative Nathu La route for the Kailash Mansarovar pilgrimage. It was officially announced during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to China.
The first batch of Indian pilgrims for the Kailash Mansarovar yatra through the new Nathu La route was flagged off by Sikkim Governor Shri Shrinivas Patil and Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling at the function held at the Ridge Garden, Gangtok on 18th June 2015. Forty pilgrims, including two ladies from Sikkim and five support staff went for the voyage. Being motorable, the Nathu La route is considered an easier route compared to the existing ones through Nepal and Uttarakhand which involve long treks in between.
On the occasion Sikkim Governor Shri Patil and the Chief Minister Shri Chamling released a Special cover to mark the event on 18th June 2015.
Release of Special Covers on Godavari Pushkaralu at Rajahmundry – 13th, 15th and 16th July 2015.
On 13th July 2015 a special cover was released on the occasion of Godavari Pushkaralu Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Shri Chandrababu Naidu and Chief Postmaster General, Andhra Pradesh Postal Circle, Shri B.V. Sudhakar depicting Havelock and Arch bridges of Rajahmundry and State Government Pushkaram logo. My Stamp on Godavari Pushkaram was also presented by Shri Sudhakar to Shri Chandrababu Naidu on the occasion.
Rajahmundry is a place of great historical importance. It was known as Rajamahendravaram, being a capital of the Hindu kingdoms of the Deccan and a place of many revolutions and battles and many poets and scholars wrote their epics here. River Godavari is the prime attraction of Rajahmundry with two bridges over the river that are said to be the longest.
The Old Godavari Bridge or the Havelock Bridge was built in 1900 by Sir Arthur Cotton, now decommissioned; this bridge has 56 spans and is 2.754 km long. It was constructed with stone masonry and steel girders and certainly a marvel of British engineering. The Godavari Arch Bridge was later constructed as a replacement for the Havelock Bridge.
It is a bowstring-girder bridge and one of the longest span prestressed concrete arch bridges in Asia. The Indian Railways who built this bridge have stated that "It is perhaps for the first time anywhere in the world that a bowstring arch girder using concrete has been constructed for such a long span of 97.55 metres, for the Railway loading." It is one of the recognised symbols of Rajahmundry.
On 15th July 2015 a special cover on "Kotilingala Revu" bathing ghat was released by Shri B. V. Sudhakar, Chief Postmaster General, Andhra Pradesh Postal Circle at Rajahmundry.
Koti Lingala Revu ghat is longest bathing ghat on Godavari in the country and it is the most second populated ghat after the Pushkar Ghat. The most popular Koti lingala Shiva temple is located in Kotagumam town, Rajahmundry. It is believed that 10 million Shiva Lingas were located earlier at this place and said that all the Lingas were carried away by the floods that occurred in olden days.
Department of Posts, Andhra Pradesh Postal Circle has launched scheme of delivering purified Godavari Pushkar Jal (GOD-JAL) during the period of Godavari Pushkarams to devotees through post offices and by post. The GOD-JAL bottles are intended for supply at the rate of Rs. 20/- per bottle. As a part of this pious programme, Shri B. V. Sudhakar, Chief Postmaster General, Andhra Pradesh Postal circle launched the first consignment of GOD-JAL bottles on 15th July 2015 at the function held at Rajahmundry. Smt. Sharda Sampath, Postmaster General, Visakhapatnam Region, Shri K. Somasundaram, Director Postal Services, Visakhapatnam Region were also present at function.
Set of Bookmarks on Jayadeva Gita Govinda was also released on the occasion. Bookmarks on Jayadeva Gita Govinda are available at Rs. 50/-.
On 16th July 2015 a special cover on Antarvedi was released by Postmaster General, Visakhapatnam region, Mrs. Sharda Sampath on 16th July 2015 at Rajahmundry.
Antarvedi is a village in the Sakhinetipalle mandal, or tehsil, located in the East Godavari district. The village is situated at the place where the Bay of Bengal and Vashista Godavari, a tributary of the Godavari River, meet. Antarvedi was named in honour of the Lord as "Narasimhakshetra".
On the occasion picture postcards bearing permanent pictorial cancellations on Temples of Andhra Pradesh postal circle were also released. Only 1500 sets are printed and are available at a cost of Rs. 75/- per set.
A Set of 16 picture postcards tracing the path of Godavari along with the cancellations of the post offices serving the place and destination points near Bay of Bengal will be released before 25th July 2015. Only 500 sets will be available. Set of 16 postcards is prices at Rs. 1000/- per set. Orders for the set of these postcards can be registered at Visakhapatnam Philatelic Bureau. (Contact no. +91- 891-2546250)
Total 13 special covers on Godavari Puskaralu in all are being released from different points along Godavari.
Commemorative stamp on Nabakalebara 2015 – 17th July 2015.
According to ‘Nabakalebara Bidhanm’ God himself has told – ‘even though I am Purnabrahma, free from birth and re-birth, I am your God, I am not separate from you, it is a fact, as if a Jiva worn-out his body and enters into another body afresh, I also exactly follow the same procedure, because I am not separate from the Jiva’.
Nabakalebara is a festival observed in the Shree Jagannath Temple at Puri at a predefined time according to Hindu Calender. Naba means new and Kalebara is body. Lord Shree Jagannath adornes a new body during Nabakalebara. It is the re-embodiment of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra and Sudarshan when they relinquish their old bodies and assume a new one. However, the Brahmapadartha (soul-substance) remains the same. The soul or the Brahma is transferred from the old idols to their new bodies in a highly technical and conspicious manner prescribed and inherited from generations by the Daitas and the Rakshaks. They are the up-keepers of the Shreeangas or the bodies of the trinity of the Grand Temple. The Deities are made from a special type of Neem wood known as Daru Bramha. Preparations for the ceremony start in the month of Chaitra.
A year with an extra month (Adhika masa / Ashadha masa) as per Hindu calendar is considered auspicious for conducting the Nabakalebara ceremony. This usually occurs every twelve to nineteen years. Most of the Nabakalebars are performed after a gap of almost 19 years as in 1912, 1931, 1950, 1969, 1977 and 1996. Nabakalebara 2015 celebration was started from 29th March with Banajaga Yatra (search for timber for the formation of the new idols of deities) and will conclude with Rathayatra followed Sunabesa (adorning the new images of gods with golden attire) on 27th July, with many other rituals being held in between on specific dates.
On the eve of Nabakalebara Rath Yatra 2015 a commemorative stamp on Nabakalebara 2015 was released by the Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas (Independent Charge), Shri Dharmendra Pradhan at Puri on 17th July, 2015.
Courtesy: Kashinath Sahoo, Bhubaneswar | PIB
Special covers on the occasion of Godavari Pushkaralu 2015 - 14th July 2015.
Godavari 'Pushkaram' is a once in 12 year event dedicated to worshipping rivers in the two states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. However, the Pushkaralu this year is special as it is Maha Pushkaralu which happens once in 144 years. This year's Pushkaralu is considered auspicious from astronomical point of view. The 'Pushakaram' is similar to the 'Kumbh Mela' performed alongside rivers elsewhere in the country. Taking holy dip is the main ritual of the festival. Andhra Pradesh Postal Circle has planned to issue special covers from various places on the occasion.
On the occasion of Godavari Puskaralu 2015 two special covers were released on 14th July 2015. One special cover was released on Sriram Sagar Irrigation Project, Pochampad and second was on Kandakurthi-Triveni Sangamam. Shri Pocharam Srinivas Reddy, Minister for Agriculture, Telangana State and Smt. K. Kavitha, Member of Parliament, Nizamabad released both the covers at Sri Kodanda Ramalayam.
The Sriram Sagar Project also known as the Pochampadu Project is an irrigation project across river Godavari in Telangana to serve irrigational needs in Karimnagar, Warangal, Adilabad, Nalgonda, and Khammam districts. It also provides drinking water to Warangal city. There is a hydroelectric plant working at the dam site, with 4 turbines each with 9 MW capacity generating 36 MW. The Project is located in Nizamabad district, 3 km away from National Highway 44. The Pushkaram ghat of Pochampad is built near Sri Kodanda Ramalayam and Sri Shivalayam.
Kandakurthi Village is 20 Kms from Nizamabad. This village has great historical background and believed that the Skandaashramam was also here. During the period of vanavasa, Lord Shri Rama came here and done pujas. It is also the ancestral village of RSS Founder Keshav Baliram Hedgewar. It is popular at the entry point of river Godavari, in the state of Telangana, which originates as Triambakeshwar of Nashik in Maharashtra state. This place is known as Triveni Sangamam as it’s the meeting point of three rivers Godavari, Manjira and Harida.
Courtesy: Nizamabad Post
Fifth Series of ‘My Stamp’ on ‘Godavari Pushkaram 2015’ theme released - 14th July 2015.
The 12-day Godavari Maha Pushkaram began on 14th July 2015 on the banks of River Godavari in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. It will be held till 25th July 2015. Godavari Pushkaram occurs once in every 12 years on the auspicious occasion of transit of Bruhaspati into Simha Rasi (Leo zodiac sign). The Godavari Maha Pushkaram 2015 is a Maha Pushkaram which comes once for every 12 regular pushkarams or, simply once in every 144 years.
On the festive occasion of Godavari Pushkaram, India Post released fifth series of ‘My Stamp’ on Godavari Pushkaram 2015 theme on 14th July 2015. The template is having image of Godavari River and sheet of 12 stamps depicts the Godavari Arch Bridge, a bowstring-girder bridge that spans the Godavari River in Rajahmundry and photo of Godavari Maha Aarti at Rajahmundry.
New series of ‘My Stamp’ was inaugurated by Shri B. V. Sudhakar, Chief Postmaster General, Andhra Pradesh Postal Circle and Shri CR Sasikumar, Deputy Managing Director, State Bank of India at a function held at GPO, Hyderabad on 5th July 2015 but it was officially made available at post offices from 14th July 2015.
Image Courtesy: Sagi Srinavas Raju, Hyderabad
Special cover on 150th year celebrations of Kripasaran Mahasthavir - 22nd June 2015.
A Chittagong native Kripasaran Mahasthavir (1865-1926) who revived Buddhism in the east, with Kolkata as the hub of his activities was the founder of Buddha Dharmankur Sabha (Bengal Buddhist Association). He became a monk at 21 and came to Kolkata on way to Bodh Gaya. With the help of powerful admirers like Sir Ashutosh Mookherjee and Manindra Chandra Nandi, he established the Buddha Dharmankur Sabha at Bowbazar in 1892. Ven. Kripasaran took great pain not only in spreading the message of Lord Buddha, but also in starting the study of Pali in schools and colleges. A magazine ‘Jagajjyoti ‘that was started under Kripasaran's tutelage in 1908 continues to be published today and is considered to be a living treatise in Buddhist studies.
A special cover was released at the closing ceremony function of 150th Birth Anniversary of Karmayogi Kripasaran Mahasthavir, by Ms. Arundhati Ghosh, Chief Postmaster General, West Bengal circle held at Bengal Buddhist Association, Kolkata on 22nd June 2015. (Special Cover approval no. WB/07/2015)
Courtesy: Suresh Rao, Bengaluru
Special Cover on Inner Wheel District-326 Seminar on T.E.A.C.H. – 4th July 2015.
Rotary International’s successful “End Polio” program motivated the Rotarians in South Asia to adopt "Rotary’s Total Literacy Mission". The TEACH programme chalked out by Rotary is a literacy promotion initiative as a part of Total Literacy Mission in South Asia to eradicate literacy within a period of 3 years (2014-17).
Highlight of T-E-A-C-H program is:
T - Teacher Support
E - E-Learning
A - Adult Literacy
C - Child Development
H - Happy Schools
The T-E-A-C-H program is to ensure:
• That every child in India goes to school;
• That each school is a “Happy School”;
• That each school teacher is well trained and her/his skills are continuously upgraded using modern technology;
• That each student gets to see, hear, read and use high class learning material that helps her/him understand, question and find answers;
• That each deprived child gets the same opportunity of education as her/his affluent friend;
• That each adult acquires literacy, joins the formal stream and earns her/his living with honour; and
• That each child or adult we help gets the confidence to make her/his own future and India’s future too!
On the occasion of District Seminar on T.E.A.C.H. a special cover was released at Cuttack on 4th July 2015. (Special Cover approval no. OD/04/2015)
Courtesy: Ajit Kumar Dash, Bhubaneswar
Special cover on State Bank of India Hyderabad Circle Golden Jubilee – 4th July 2015.
The Hyderabad Circle of State Bank of India was part of the then Madras Circle and was later carved out as Hyderabad Circle to cater to the customers in Hyderabad and erstwhile state of Andhra Pradesh. “In 1965, the Hyderabad office was the 7th circle of the bank. It had 61 branches and 41 sub-offices then. Today Hyderabad circle has evolved into 1,411 branches and 400-odd sub-offices.
Andhra Pradesh Postal Circle released a special cover commemorating the golden jubilee of State Bank of India, Hyderabad circle on 4th July 2015 at Hyderabad (Special cover approval no. AP/03/2015)
Courtesy: Sagi Srinavas Raju, Hyderabad
Sacred water of Godavari River (GOD JAL - Godavari Pushkara Jalam) at your door step through India Post.
India is a country of innumerable sacred rivers and rivulets. Such rivers have become Theerthas and these Theerthas have the reputation of washing away the sins of the sinners. Godavari, the longest river in the peninsular India, is considered very sacred by Indians especially by people of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Maharashtra. The Skanda Purana contains an elaborate account of the holiness of the Godavari. The river originates in Sahyadri Mountains (Brahma Parvatam) in the Western Ghats, about 18 km from Nasik and Triambakam in Maharashtra and forms into a huge lake near Gangapur. It then embraces several tributaries on its way towards East and then towards south and finally joins Bay of Bengal in coastal Andhra Pradesh. The river flows through the states of Maharashtra, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
Pushkaram or Pushkaralu (in Telugu), Pushkara or Pushkar is an Indian festival dedicated to worshipping of rivers. Pushkara or Pushkar is a Sanskrit word derived from the element of Push (Pushti) meaning nourishment and Kara means one who does it. Pushkara is the energy that nourishes. With reference to the sacred rivers, Pushkara means the one who energize the rivers and provide spiritual purification.
Godavari Pushkaralu or Pushkaram is a festival of River Godavari happens once in 12 years. This lasts for a period as long as the Jupiter remains in Leo Zodiac sign. The first 12 days of Godavari pushkaram is called Aadhi pushkaram and the last 12 days is called Anthya pushkaram. This term in year 2015 starts on 6.26 AM, 14th July 2015 and ends 25th July 2015. This year Godavari Pushkaram is 'Maha Pushkaram' which comes once in every 144 years.
“Godavari Mahapushkaram” is once in a life time opportunity and devotees will have a holy dip in Godavari River. Taking bath in a Pushkara river will help to cleanse the inner selves, wash out the evil tendencies and open up a path for a righteous living. It is also believed that a holy dip in Godavari enhance one's spiritual, mental and physical abilities. This year Godavari Pushkaram pilgrims from all over the country will have a holy dip in Godavari River but many who do have the desire but cannot make it for reasons of ill health, old age, financial issues, busy schedule etc. need someone to fulfill their desire.
Andhra Pradesh Postal Circle has taken an initiative to supply the sacred water of Godavari to the devotees who cannot physically visit and have a holy dip in the Godavari River. 500 ml. of purified sacred water of Godavari River christened 'GOD-JAL’ (Godavari Pushkara Jalam) duly bottled and purified as per ISI standards will be delivered at your door step at the cost as Rs. 20/- per bottle. These bottles will be available at 95 head post offices, 2,360 sub post offices and 13,611 branch post offices of Andhra Pradesh & Telangana from 15th to 25th July 2015.
India Post has tied-up with a ISI-certified water purification and bottling company to make the river water drinkable through reverse osmosis process and to supply the 'God Jal' in 500 ml bottles. Shri B. V. Sudhakar, Chief Postmaster General, AP and Telangana circle, informed in the press meet that “The water drawn from the Godavari River would undergo an 18-stage purification process that complies with the Bureau of Indian Standards before getting bottled. The government of AP has permitted DoP to draw water from the river for this purpose.”
‘GOD-JAL’, the sacred water can also be ordered online at appost.in/eshop by devotees till 14th July 2015. Domestic order except Andhra Pradesh and Telangana will be delivered through EMS Speed Post while orders from foreign countries will be delivered through WorldNet Express. The last date for placing orders is July 14. For domestic orders Rs. 157 is being charged towards delivery charges per bottle. Orders booked within the state of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana will not be charged for delivery. Purchases from abroad will have to be made only using American Express or Diner Cards. Rajahmundry H.O. is the nodal point for dispatches of all orders received for ‘God’Jal’.
Andhra Pradesh Postal Circle has also planned to launch ‘My Stamps’ scheme for the convenience of the devotees participating in the Godavari Pushkaralu. The Department would also release Special covers on the occasion.
Two Meghdoot Postcards have already been released by India Post on “Godavari Mahapushkaram”.
Special cover on World No Tobacco Day – 27th June 2015.
World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed around the world every year on May 31. It is intended to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption around the globe. The day is further intended to draw attention to the widespread prevalence of tobacco use and to negative health effects.
Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology (KMIO), Bengaluru is named after the man with a vision for cancer, Shri Rafi Ahmed Kidwai, who donated 20 acres of land. Established in 1973, the Centre was accorded autonomous status in 1980. The Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology being a Regional Cancer Centre is catering to the needs of cancer patients from Karnataka and neighbouring States. Anti-tobacco Cell is involved in bringing about awareness among different categories of persons in the community on the harmful effect of tobacco usage through education wherever possible.
Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology organized an awareness rally in Tumkur to spread awareness about the ill- effects of tobacco among youth on 27th June 2015. To commemorate this event a special cover was released at Tumkur on 27th June 2015. (Special Cover approval no. KTK/46/2015)
Courtesy: Suresh Rao, Bengaluru